Jul 1, 2011 1:00pm EDT
of his bipartisan awards, actually. i was pretty proud of that. >> let's talk about afghanistan, one of the hot wars and the fact that we had the bombing, the attack against the intercontinental in kabul which is a real signal from the taliban and network they can go to a target right in the heart of the capital. if the karzai forces we've been training up can't defend -- they responded well in the emergency, we're told, but if they can't respond in kabul, isn't that a signal it's going to be a long haul, and maybe there is no legacy end of the tunnel? >> i think the reset of our afghan policy last week by the president was correct. i think it was long in coming. i was never a fan of the surge or the counterinsurgency doctrine. karzai is not a willing partner. last week this mumbai style shooting attack, it could have been worse. i would give the afghans a little credit, but it was staged by the hakani gnat wornetwork, protected group, protected by the pakistani government. that group comes over the border regularly, kills our troops and obviously now is prepared to shoot at big targ
Jul 5, 2011 1:00pm EDT
, plus libya to deal with. he's meeting with ryan crocker the new ambassador to afghanistan. you've got to talk about public service and american heroes. this is a man who finally refire tired from government after taking every tough job, iraq, beirut, every war zone as ambassador. now he's signed on to come back and go to afghanistan. you've got a lot going on behind the scenes as well. >> reporter: that's right. but politically, the thing that is front and center is the debt. these debt talks because it's so tied to the economy. and while he does want to support a vote on libya which is another thing on the docket this week, the irony the president guilted harry reid to calling the senate back in and the first order of business is libya, not the debt talks. because it was the president that guilted congress into coming back this week, at least the house was scheduled to come back tomorrow, you've got to assume he is going to try to do everything he can to jump start a negotiating session. don't forget that's what we're at a deadlock. we're not at a deadlock over plans. we're at a dead
Jul 15, 2011 1:00pm EDT
in the world. last year they had 3400 murders. >> much more dangerous than iraq, afghanistan, than the war zones according to our own mark potter from the mexican side. >> people have compared it to that level of violence. but just on the other side of the river, the trickle of water that the river is there, there were only five murders last year in el paso. it's up a bit this year to about 14. but the contrast is striking. a lot of the community leaders down there feel like the rhetoric that they hear from washington has painted a picture of their community that is not part of reality. >> kevin johnson and allen gomez. you've done a great job. let's hope that you contributed to a brand new narrative and people can understand the truth. thank you both so much. >>> up next, will the american women prove to be an irresistible force? we have anne thompson she's in frankfurt on soccer fever. this is "andrea mitchell reports." wow. it's the mr. clean magic eraser bath scrubber. [ bottle #2 ] i heard it came from space. no. from a very clean alien civilization. that's crazy. crazy clean. what?!